Memorial Day is behind us and summer is right around the corner. Many blockbuster movies are debuting in June to energize us for the season. Sequels and remakes are the theme for summer. Below are just a few to choose from.
Me Before You (PG-13)
This romantic drama hits theaters on June 3, and is sure to bring tears and smiles to even the crabbiest being. Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Janet McTeer and Camilla Traynor take the audience on an exploration, where a small town girl gets hired by a newly paralyzed affluent Londoner to be his caretaker. They form an improbable bond, which helps both of them grow emotionally and see the world otherwise. Thea Sharrock makes her feature directorial debut, adapting the story from Jojo Moyes’ 2012 novel of the same name.
Perhaps the summer’s most anticipated movie, June 17 is the day Finding Dory swims into theaters. Disney’s animation adventure is the sequel to 2003’s Finding Nemo and is set six months after. Andrew Stanton returns as director. Dory, voiced by the brilliant Ellen DeGeneres, is a Pacific regal blue tang who has amnesia and is longing to reunite with her family. Unsurprisingly, calamity and adventure ensue as everyone involved learns a few things about the real meaning of family. Albert Brooks (Marlin, Nemo’s father), Idris Elba (Fluke, a sea lion), Dominic West (Rudder), Diane Keaton (Jenny, Dory’s mom), Eugene Levy (Dory’s dad), Hayden Rolence (the new voice of Nemo), Ty Burrell (Bailey, a Beluga whale), and Ed O’Neill (Hank, an ill-tempered octopus missing a tentacle) are just a few of the voices of these stunningly animated creatures. A must see for any age.
Independence Day: Resurgence (unrated)
On June 24, the science fiction disaster film, Independence Day: Resurgence, makes its way to screens everywhere as the sequel, 20 years later. Ronald Emmerick directs Maika Monroe, Joey King, Liam Hemsworth, Judd Hirsch, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman and Sela Ward to name just a few. Hemsworth plays a U.S. pilot working for the Earth Space Defense (ESD). His parents were killed in the first attack, leaving him to grow up in an orphanage. The world recovers and the United Nations creates the ESD, a united global defense program serving as an early forewarning as well as the main defense force using technology left behind by aliens from the prior attack. It isn’t enough to stop some of the extra-terrestrials from sending out a distress signal to their brigades warning of what is happening. They come back to Earth with retaliation on their minds and a new powerful gravitational machine. A lot of action and drama in this one.
Magically appearing June 10, following the 2013 movie that became a sleeper hit, is Now You See Me 2, starring Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson and Michael Caine, all of whom reprise their previous roles. They are joined by newcomers Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan. The film is set one year after the first, where Arthur Tressler’s (Michael Caine) son, Walter (Daniel Radcliffe) recruits the Four Horsemen in an act of retribution for having his father lose millions and being jailed. Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman) is also out for vengeance and works with Tressler from prison to bring down the Horsemen. One of the original Horsemen, Henley, played by Isla Fisher, won’t be returning, however, Caplan joins the team as Lula. It is action-packed with magic and stunts and if you liked the first one, you will love this sequel, which has more of everything.
As always, check your theater listings, as these are just a few movies coming out this month. So get ready, sit back, relax and enjoy. See you at the movies.